Investigating Population Level Trends in Head Injuries Amongst Child Cyclists in the UK

Cycle helmet wearing has been made compulsory in a number of jurisdictions, either for some age groups or all groups. Examples include Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Spain as well as a number of states in the United States and Canada. Recent attempts to introduce such legislation in the United Kingdom (UK) failed. The evidence base for this study has been derived from a small number of case studies which have been summarized in a systematic review. These studies suggest that cycle helmet wearing has considerable potential for the reduction in morbidity amongst cyclists. This paper provides evidence that head injuries are falling among child pedestrians and cyclists in the UK as a proportion to all injuries requiring hospitalization. There is, however, evidence of a recent increase in the number of male child cyclists reported killed or seriously injured in the UK police collected data. These cyclists may require specific interventions.

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  • Accession Number: 01004128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 15 2005 4:39PM